Monday, 10 February 2014 10:01

Darth Vader Heat Pump Maintenance Lesson II

Today, our empirial leader Darth Vader looks at the characteristics of Heat Pump:

Heat...
A heat pump delivers a lower supply air temperature than a furnace over a longer time to provide more constant heat. It gives the impression that your system "never stops running", or "it feels like cold air". At times, the temperature of the air coming out of the vents in your Millenium Falcon is less than your body temperature so it feels like cold air. But it is still providing heat for your house. And when it can not keep-up with the heat loss of the structure, the 2nd stage-auxiliary heat will automatically energize, bringing warmer heat.

Water Run-Off...
During the heating cycle, you may notice water running off the outdoor coil. Moisture from the air condenses on the outside of the coil where it gathers and runs off. This is normal.

Outdoor Coil defrosting...
At certain conditions (low temperature, high humidity), frost, even ice, may build up on the coil of the outdoor unit. In order to maintain heating efficiency, the system will automatically defrost itself. Steam rising form the outdoor unit is normal and is and indication of proper operation. The vapor cloud will only last for a few minutes. When the defrost is completed, the system will automatically switch back to heating. Additional heat is automatically energized to maintain comfort during defrost.

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